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Unified Communications in the Call Center

Historically, the call center was left to its own devices to care for customers while managing service delivery. It was a cost center aspiring to evolve to a profit center where it held some chance to protect or drive revenue. Then UC came along with big promises of revolutionizing call center operations and their enterprise… Read More »

Call Center Business Continuity Planning with VoIP

System crashes, network outages, floods and fires are infrequent events. Yet every business needs to mitigate the risk of a debilitating disruption to their operations. Given the potential for lost revenue, loss of customer goodwill, lost data and service degradation, why is call center business continuity planning such a low priority? Why doesn’t everyone “just… Read More »

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Four Building Blocks for Superior Contact Center cSat Ratings

I’ve just completed a client engagement in which the focus was on call center customer satisfaction (cSat). Since that’s a concern for a lot of call centers, I thought I’d talk about four areas in which you can generate and sustain cSat improvements. Quality Agents, Quality Monitoring Your agents’ skills, knowledge, and professionalism form impressions… Read More »

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Seven Tips for Effective Contact Center Technology Planning

Technology is the “Big Top” of contact centers. It has so many thrilling attractions on so many stages that it’s sometimes hard to know where to focus your attention. Every solution promises to reduce your costs, increase your revenue, improve quality and service levels, add efficiency, make your CSRS and Supervisors happier, and win you… Read More »

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Four Reasons to Launch Contact Center Process Improvement

In reviewing Contact Babel’s recent US Contact Center Decision Maker’s Guide (4th Edition – 2010/11), I noticed several interesting findings about contact center business processes: 56% use agents (not technology) to authenticate callers 60% access 3 or more applications with each call 70% require agents to log into all applications separately 60% launch back office… Read More »

7 Steps for Selecting the Right Contact Center Technology

Call center buyers face an embarrassment of riches in call center technology, sourcing, vendor, and distributor options. The good news: It’s a highly competitive market with ample room to compare products and negotiate prices. The bad news: It takes time to get to know the vendors and give them the chance to know you. Don’t… Read More »

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Will IVR Still Play a Role in Multi-channel Customer Contact?

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar with Varolii Corporation entitled Preparing Your Business for Today’s Multi-channel Customer. Most companies already live in a multi-channel world with voice, fax, email, voicemail, IVR, web. Some support web chat, outbound alerting, social media, and mobile, or have plans to do so. It’s an important topic as… Read More »

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Are You Happy With Your Contact Center Technology?

I wish that most people could answer that question with a resounding YES! But I’m afraid that complaints about technology and the people who support it are rather common. Technology is supposed to serve our customers better, lower our costs, and position our companies to sell our wares effectively. But too often, we’re caught up… Read More »

7 Findings from a Contact Center Cost Structure Analysis

A few years ago, my colleague and I decided to model contact center costs for three representative centers – small, medium, and large – using a process-based analysis approach and comprehensive modeling tool. We varied key elements that can change a center’s makeup – such as self-service technology – and examined the impact it had… Read More »

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Take Charge of Call Center Process Optimization

In the people, process, and technology triumvirate of customer service operations, it’s all too rare to find someone who’s in charge of call center process optimization. Yet a process specialist can have a big impact on both the customer experience and call center performance. Process analysts work closely with front-line personnel, reporting and analytics analysts, quality monitoring and… Read More »